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6.17.2005    |    Snarky on emergent
One of the things I truly despise is when people provide a fog of words to conceal that they've no idea what they're talking about. I've done it a time or two when I didn't know what in blazes I was writing or talking on. I think I can recognize it when I see it.

Emergent-us has a whopper; a veritable fog-generator in the guise of an over-long post entitled, simply enough, "Our Response to Critics of Emergent." The post is here; and this may be totally unfair on my part, since I've not read the entire thing. Truth is, I could'nt...fell asleep along about the third paragraph, and in my daydreaming state, I recalled the ancient bullsh*****'s wisdom: If you don't know what you're talking about, use more words. Let's just say that there's a lot of "I'm ok - you're ok" stuff, very much a part of the relativistic creed of the postmodern "church."

Just saying. The contrast with any Bible-based denomination could not be stronger. You can say in very few words what you believe; you don't need volumes or to turn up the volume to be heard.

Think Sola Scriptura, Solus Christus, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, and, last but certainly not least, Soli Deo Gloria. That's a grand total of 11 words. And we're done. The emergent folks are just getting warmed up with many times that number.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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